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Coronavirus Updates

CDC advises all eligible Americans be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control last week warned the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant is likely to become the dominant strain in United States.

State shuts down COVID-19 dashboard

According to the Centers for the Disease Control, those who are fully vaccinated can safely go out in public...

West Palm Beach VA to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine evening clinic June 9

The West Palm Beach VA COVID-19 Vaccine crew is leaving their doors open and extending hours of operation to offer the vaccine to veterans...
Human Interest
Mustang Makeover Challenge youth trainer, Sevyn Jathnielle, works to strengthen the bond with her mustang.

Local youth work to gentle wild horses

A group of wild horses from the west coast, including California, have been rounded up

Okeechobee's Trail of Hope Rescue has puppies galore

OKEECHOBEE – If you’re in the market for some puppy love, check out the Trail of Hope rescue in Okeechobee.

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America
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Community News

Best Friends Animal Society urges people to protect pets from heat

Spring is in full swing, and temperatures in many parts of the country are already alarmingly high. While some states may still be enjoying spring...

CDC begins new study on the health effects of cyanotoxins

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will start a new study in south Florida during the 2021 algal bloom season to assess the health effects of exposure to …

FRLA launches website to help fill Florida’s hospitality jobs

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs
Government
Governor Ron DeSantis supports bill to help LEO K9s injured in the line of duty
A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...
WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will meet Thursday, June 10, at 9 a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters - B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West …
Schools

Free virtual series to share home maintenance tips

The next series in the free “Living Well Wednesdays” virtual workshop will offer tips to repair and maintain common issues seen inside and outside the home...

Jan La Belle Scholarship helps Florida residents with disabilities with post-secondary dreams

FLORIDA- The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to Florida residents with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals …
Wildlife & Environment

UF wildlife ecologists teach public to help boost bluebird population

As pest-eaters, Eastern bluebirds benefit Florida farmers. Not only that, they’re cute. Two good reasons Hance Ellington has started a program to preserve them.

Reef-wide outplanting of corals susceptible to stony coral tissue loss disease begins

Reef restoration experiments in Florida have never been replicated on such a large scale before, with 24 outplanting sites spanning from Martin County down the coast of southeast Florida to Key West.

Scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems.
Opinion
We are blessed by the Good Lord to live in the Sunshine State. Here in Florida, we’re surrounded by natural beauty, plentiful food and endless opportunity.
The facts are plans for urbanization were put together years ago without local resident discussion, examination or approval.
On June 2, Congressman W. Gregory Steube sent the below letter to Secretary Pinkham, Lieutenant General Spellmon, and Colonel Kelly concerning the lake levels of Lake Okeechobee.
Weather
When a hurricane threatens, do you have a plan for your pets? Do you have a safe spot for them in your home? What will you do with them if you can’t stay in your home?
Weathering storms is a part of every Floridian’s life. As the 2021 Hurricane Season begins, please take a few minutes to review some of the mandatory supplies.
As hurricane season approaches (June 1-November 30), all residents and visitors of Okeechobee County are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan
Nation & World

5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

LONDON (AP) — Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors. Fat …

AP Interview: Belarus regime 'frightened,' says opponent

BRUSSELS (AP) — When authorities in Belarus diverted a Ryanair passenger jet to Minsk last month to arrest a dissident journalist who was aboard, their goal may have been to silence a troublesome …

Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again, the country's latest effort to …

Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong's security law

HONG KONG (AP) — The first person to stand trial under Hong Kong's national security law pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a motorcycle into …
State

Florida governor: Students will be taught communism is evil

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civics education will be expanded in Florida, including instruction about communist and totalitarian governments, and state universities will be prevented from quashing …

Death penalty phase next in Florida double slaying trial

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jurors will determine if a Florida man should get the death penalty or life in prison after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend and disabled daughter. The penalty phase …

Claims of murder plot against GOP candidate in Florida court

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Claims by a Republican congressional candidate that another GOP hopeful plotted to kill her landed Tuesday in a Florida courtroom. Anna Paulina Luna, who plans to run …

250 gators removed from Disney since boy died in 2016 attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have removed 250 alligators from Disney properties in the five years since a 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, …